Big news for air quality was proposed this week by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA proposed a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants by 2030. States will have to submit a compliance plan in two years to decide how they will be reducing emissions and four years if states make a joint effort. States can either join or create new programs, or renew different energy efficiency technologies. The proposed rule will regulate carbon emissions from hundreds of fossil fuel power plants across the United States that will also include 600 coal plants. The rule is intended to reduce U.S greenhouse carbon emission. Three major reasons why this rule was proposed this week are as followed:
- Reduce Air Pollution
- Improve Health
- Create a cleaner energy economy
The administration states that the proposal will save more than $90 billion in climate and health benefits and avoid 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks annually. It is a proposal that will take time and the health of the public is important because we hear many cases of individuals who develop respiratory illness. It is a plan that is still developing. We will like to know your opinion on this proposal. Let us know by leaving a comment on our social media sites via Facebook and Twitter.